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    I have a question for you ladies, mostly just because I am curious. It is something I have been wondering for some time now, but, being a guy, and thus having no experience in this area, it is hard for me to speculate. What do you think Mrs. Grok would have done before pads (and whatever else women now use) during menstruation?

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    I think Mrs. Grok probably got sent off to a "menstrual hut" (cave?) to sit and bleed, or she just let it flow and went on her merry way. Or maybe she used an animal pelt to absorb it.

    Thank god for tampons.
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    • #3
      'The Red Tent', Anita Diamant, describes in great detail what happened several thousand years! Is actually a really good story too.

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      • #4
        Maybe leaf tampons?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Kelda View Post
          'The Red Tent', Anita Diamant, describes in great detail what happened several thousand years! Is actually a really good story too.
          +1000. Fabulous book, one of the few I've read twice. The second time around was after I'd started primal, and that made it an even more interesting read.

          BTW, it looks at first glance like it will be a religious book, but despite being based on characters from the old testament, it's not god-y.
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          • #6
            Females may not have menstruated often, what with all that pregnancy, lactation....... There is a thought that the modern "habit" of menstruation is not in fact good for us.

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            • #7
              They most likely would have used moss for its absorbent qualities. And yes, monthly menstruation is a relativ new thing, however, it is being credited with homo sapiens reproducing to such large numbers - after all we can get pregnant any time of the year, rather than just in spring...:-)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by shadowfoot View Post
                I have a question for you ladies, mostly just because I am curious. It is something I have been wondering for some time now, but, being a guy, and thus having no experience in this area, it is hard for me to speculate. What do you think Mrs. Grok would have done before pads (and whatever else women now use) during menstruation?
                Mrs. Grok didn't menstruate that much.

                At one time, the data I looked at indicated that in a traditional/primitive environment (I think it was the !Kung when they were still 'untouched' hunter-gatherers) indicated that women of reproductive age spent only 11% of their fertile lives cycling v. our 80%. They were likely to become pregnant shortly after/right around sexual maturity and be either pregnant or breastfeeding until death or menopause.



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                • #9
                  yup. and when they did have a cycle, it was likely a time of retreat. most of the traditional/primitive cultures have spaces for that. if it's only 11% of a woman's life, they could do without her for a few days.

                  modern woman, Susun Weed, suggests that women go out into the woods and just bleed. use the time as meditation (and she has lots of information about the power of that time). she also asserts that women can feel when they are bleeding, so you can -- like going to toilet -- just excuse yourself to bleed in a toilet for a while, then come back to business without having to wear a pad.

                  i was able to do that before i had my kid. now i just can't keep up with it. LOL

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                  • #10
                    Going into the woods and bleeding isn't a great idea if you are in an area with bears/big cats, etc. I think they prolly used moss (super absorbent) and then the whole sacred retreat thing. Or just got on wth it.
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                    • #11
                      yeah, but you smell like blood whether it's going on moss, or in a pad, or tampon, or whatever, seriously. so, it's not that relevant per se.

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                      • #12
                        What I meant was Ms Grok would be unlikely to go commune with nature by herself; in a group, smelling of blood wouldn't be an issue - ie the whole safety in numbers - but to go out alone would be slightly daft.
                        I don't ask that you like me - all I ask is that you respect my life experiences and i will do the same.

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                        • #13
                          "you are so right, my teacher is wrong." *eye roll*

                          first, i'm not talking about grok. i'm talking about susun weed. you can look her up on the internet, and she describes going into the woods on her period, alone, and why and what she did there. i'm not advocating that people do it now, i'm simply asserting that some people still choose to do so.

                          second, the relevant points were two fold:

                          1. that she teaches (and one can learn) to recognize when the bleeding happens such that you excuse yourself to the toilet and bleed into it, therefore not needing pads or tampons or moss or whatever else. if susuan (and I) can figure that out, ancient women could too.

                          2. it is likely that they used mosses, as susun mentions which mosses in the woods are more absorbent (for various purposes) and which will work well as the spot for bleeding during those times that you bleed (see 1).

                          third, and finally, i'm not advocating that anyone just go out into the woods alone while menstruating. ancient women had skills that we do not -- and they would be better equipped to protect themselves from predators than a modern woman.

                          finally, everyone knew where this woman was going, and modern women are no different (nor men). it is important whenever going out into the world that we tell people where we are going and when we plan to be back, so that they can come looking for us if there is need. this is whether or not someone is menstruating.

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                          • #14
                            I gorvel in your general direction - so I misread what you wrote sheesh
                            I don't ask that you like me - all I ask is that you respect my life experiences and i will do the same.

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                            • #15
                              Dang, maybe just TALKING about menstruation makes us moody?
                              Liz.

                              Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
                              Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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